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  CNN    The Lead With Jake Tapper    News/Business. Jake Tapper. Headlines from around the  
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monster energy drinks will no longer be marketed as a dietary supplement. they are getting a new label that qualifies them to be marketed as a conventional food. what does that mean? it means monster will be required to list facts. it won't have to talk about reports that potentially link the products to death and injuries. the company says it is making the change so it can be more transparent about caffeine levels. monster is fighting a lawsuit that claims a teenager died from high caffeine levels in its drink. >> more transparency is good but i want it to go further.
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why not disclose everything? >> if it helps the consumer it's a wonderful thing. we know the real motivation but at the end of the day if people are helped and less people injured why not? >> when you drink these drinks you know you are drinking a lot of caffeine and not sure exactly how much. >> it's a monster. >> thanks. three brothers on the couch. appreciate it. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. president obama again caught off guard by a hot mike. i'm jake tapper and this is "the lead." the national lead president obama on open mike takes a dig at congress to israel's leader. by congress of course we mean republicans. house speaker john boehner reacts in our exclusive interview. also in national the cdc now says one in every 50 children has autism. one in 50. there are real questions being raised at how the cdc arrived at these numbers. and the sports lead. how long has it been since the miami heat lost a game?
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well, back then most of us had not even heard of the harlem shake. good time. we begin with the world lead. and finally, all sides of the middle east peace conflict are seeing eye to eye on something. none of them expect much to come out of president obama's first trip to israel as president. the president just wrapped up a news conference with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem and as you'll see from this clip things are off to a chummy start for two leaders with legendary limited affection from one another. >> i want to express a special thanks to sarah as well as your two sons for their warmth and hospitality. it was wonderful to see them. they are -- i did inform the prime minister that they are very good looking young men who clearly got their looks from their mother. >> well, i can say the same of your daughters. >> this is true.
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>> even before the president's arrival the consensus among israelis, palestinians, and even white house officials was that this visit will not do anything concrete to move the peace process forward, so we can't help but ask, what's the point? let's try to get some perspective from cnn's jessica yellin who is live in jerusalem. jessica, were there any surprises from the president at the press conference today? >> reporter: well, i think, jake, the president was especially forceful in his expression of support for israel's security. he used the language he needed to use to reassure the israelis. he understands. now, his posture with regard to iran and syria was strikingly different, and that's worth noting. on syria he was cautious, saying that officials are still determining whether chemical weapons were used there and there's no action he is willing to take until he knows what was used. we'll see if he'll take action when he knows what actually
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happened there. when it comes to iran, his language was much more vigorous. let's listen to this and we can talk about it on the other end. >> the united states will continue to consult closely with israel on next steps, and i will repeat all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. meeting none of these challenges will be easy. it will demand the same courage and resolve as those who have preceded us. >> reporter: none of that was new language from him, but his expression of support and saying that all options are on the table and he, you know, said that he has israel's back was about as emphatic as analysts expected him to get speaking from israel and i'd add that we know that secretary kerry is coming here to israel after the
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president leaves to try to see if he can jump-start peace talks. so it's possible that the administration is trying to talk down expectations so they can actually get something out of this in terms of peace talks in the end, jake. >> this trip as you know comes in the shadow of claims that syria is using chemical weapons against the rebels, claims that president obama just minutes ago noted were unconfirmed but he did also say that if they're true it would be a game changer. you had a chance to talk to israel's justice minister about this. what did she say? >> well, she said the u.s. involvement would make a difference in syria and she said chemical weapons in syria threaten israel and she's confident that they have been used in syria but she wouldn't say by whom. have you seen any evidence of proof that there has been chemical weapons used in syria? >> it is clear to us in israel that it's being used, and the
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problem is that while it's being used we have syria, we have hezbollah in lebanon, and the situation is that the appearance is it is not only going to be in syria but hezbollah can reach all these chemical weapons and use it against israel in the future. >> reporter: so obviously there is some daylight between what israeli officials are saying, there were chemical weapons used, and what the president is saying, they're still assessing the situation perhaps for strategic reasons the president would no doubt also need some time to figure out what to do if the u.s. believes that any red line has been crossed, jake. >> all right. thank you, jessica yellin in jerusalem. afghan president hamid karzai told the u.s. not long ago that he wants u.s. special forces out of wardoc province not far from kabul. today we learned karzai will get his wish. the presence of u.s. special forces has been a big source of tension and has sparked protests in kabul over the weekend. president karzai wanted them
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gone earlier this month but the u.s. ignored the deadline, arguing the province is still a taliban stronghold. one of the most powerful women in the world just got a dose of what it's like to be on an episode of "cops." french police raided the home of christine lagarde as part of an investigation into a long-running business dispute. lagarde, the head of the international monetary fund or imf, says she never did anything wrong. she, of course, replaced the former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn who resigned over sex assault allegations last year though they were later dropped. the new pope loves working the crowd and it is reportedly driving his security team bananas. the vatican security put the kibosh on what they called excessive contact more than 30 years ago but that has not stopped this pope, pope francis from riding around in an open air car, convertible popemobile of sorts, shaking hands and even
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kissing babies. according to "usa today" security experts are worried his friendly ways will make it harder to protect him. the good news of course is the vatican is thought to have among the best security details in the world. now to our national lead. it's like a monster under the bed. it keeps a lot of new parents up at night. but the more data we get on autism, the more troubling the issue seems to become. a new report out today says that 2% of american school children, 1 in 50, have been diagnosed with some aspect of the disorder. that's 1 million kids. but do more kids really have it or is there something going on with this study? i want to bring in professor zackary warren, the director of autism clinical services at vanderbilt university. first of all, professor, there are real questions being raised about how researchers got to this number. it's a survey of parents about their kids. it's not a survey of medical records. can we trust these numbers? >> you. i think what we can trust is sort of the finding that autism is a really common disorder.
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we've known this for quite sometime. numbers have varied but the fact remains the same. autism is extremely common. >> the survey indicates that there was something like a 23% response rate. now it seems to me, i'm no doctor, but those parents who have children with autism would be very eager to participate and those who are not as invested might not be. is it common to survey children this way? >> well, you know, the numbers we get are direct results of the ways we go about counting children with autism. the number we saw last year was really as you said before based on educational record review. this survey was based essentially on a phone display and who responded to that asking parents, yes or no. had a medical professional diagnosed their child with an autism disorder. so these numbers get us in the ballpark. but they really don't confirm a true number and because they don't confirm a true number they really don't tell us if there's
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been a true increase, if there has been, the size of that increase. >> last year's number from the cdc was one in 88 kids. this year's is one in 50. it just seems like that's a chasm, a huge shift. >> different studies, different methods. that's why you end up with different numbers. you know, again, as i said, i think if you go about looking for something in one way, you tend to find something differently than if you look in a different way. so, you know, i think the hammer home message here is autism is common. if you ask most experts to say what is the true prevalence rate, they're going to vary a little bit on their numbers. if you ask most experts is the rate somewhere between one and 50 and one and 200 most are going to say, yes. >> all right. professor zachary warren, thank you for shedding some light on this study for us. now, first on cnn they have alleged al qaeda ties. they have a price on their heads. and they're american. the state department is offering $5 million apiece for information leading to the arrest and conviction of omar
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shafiq hamamy and mustafa and their faces are on posters and match books in somalia where the two are believed to be working for an al qaeda affiliate. he might not have been president but for 20 minutes yesterday john boehner was the most powerful politician on u.s. soil. how did he spend his time? >> free cigarettes? >> in the u.s. nothing at all for happy hour? >> nothing. >> okay. >> my interview with the speaker of the house is next. plus, if the research that marketing firms have on me is right, i'm a happy homemaker that spends my weekends at bed, bath, & beyond. but online advertisers think they know about me and you. our money lead is ahead.
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improve your lung function. get your first full prescription free and save on refills at advaircopd.com. our national lead. president obama just can't get congress off his mind though he clearly wants to shortly after bounding off airforce one, meeting and greeting his israeli
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hosts, and standing in place for the welcome ceremony he's probably by now gotten pretty accustomed to. still, among the pomp and circumstance he could not help himself to a little dig at the capitol's expense. is meanwhile, back here in washington, house speaker john boehner was at the nation's capital sitting down with me for an exclusive interview. >> mr. speaker, thanks for doing this. >> congratulations, jake. going to be a real success i think. >> i hope so. so president obama arrived in israel today. he had interesting comments for prime minister netanyahu on the tarmac. he said it's good to get away from congress. netanyahu laughed and said, believe me, i know. any reaction? >> so much for the charm offensive. >> but does that comment like that actually have any impact do you think? >> no, not really.
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you know, the president's meeting with the president of israel, you know, he's got his legislative issues. the president's got his. comes with the territory. >> comes with the territory. >> i'd rather be heckled than ignored or is that like to say, you only tease the ones you love? >> so, white house chief of staff mcdonough was on our show yesterday and he said if syria is using chemical weapons, it's a game changer and we will act accordingly. i know that you were not happy with the kind of consultation that congressional leaders were given before the u.s. acted in libya. are you similarly concerned about potential action in syria? >> well, i do think that the threat that syria used chemical weapons is a serious one. and i would hope that as the president is making his decision with what our reaction will be that he will in fact consult with the bipartisan leaders in
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the congress, something that didn't happen before our involvement in libya. this is an important part of the process, and i would hope that that he would reach out to the congress so that we could be part of that process. >> have you conveyed that to the white house? >> i have not but i'm sure they're well aware after the storm that erupted over libya. >> you said the house is close to a bipartisan immigration reform package. mr. hoyer, steny hoyer, democratic leader, has said that it will include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers. what can you tell us about that? >> well, my job as speaker is continuing to help facilitate these bipartisan discussions. and while we've had four democrats and four republicans meeting now for four years, they're fairly close to an agreement, there are other members that have not been part of this group that have their own ideas.
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and so what i'm trying to do is to continue to facilitate a bipartisan discussion about what really is a big problem in our country. >> the forced budget cuts have already had an impact and starting tomorrow at wright patterson air base back in ohio, it was announced by the base commander that 13,000 civilian employees will start receiving notices about their furloughs. how concerned are you, and is it a done deal already, the sequester, the forced budget cuts? can anything be done, or has the country just moved on? >> you know, we've tried over the last 16 months to avert these automatic spending cuts that the president demanded as a result of the agreement on the budget act in 2011. >> he didn't want one. he wanted them as a threat so that you would come to an agreement. >> the president, for his own convenience, didn't want another vote on the debt ceiling before his re-election.
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>> true. >> and so he forced this process to occur and insisted. >> but he didn't want the sequester cuts. >> well, no. he didn't want the cuts, but we had the sequester as a result of his demands. and i'm told my colleagues in the house that the sequester will stay in effect until there is an agreement that will include cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance the budget over the next ten years. >> but no tax increases. >> no tax increases. the president already got $650 billion worth of tax increases january 1st. he got a trillion dollars worth of tax increases in obama care. this year the federal government will bring in more revenue than any year in our history and yet we're still going to have a trillion dollars budget deficit. spending is the problem. >> the white house says in response, yes, it's true. taxes went up more than $600 billion over ten years at the end of the year but it is also true the white house put $1.5 trillion worth of spending cuts
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in their budget. the truth is you're both right. i mean, they have offered spending cuts. the taxes did go up. it still hasn't made enough of a dent. you still have to sit down and do something. >> right. i think we're doing our budget this year. actually we're doing it this week here in the house. our budget will balance in ten years. we're going to pass our budget. hopefully the senate will pass their budget. except their budget never comes to balance. the president's budget never comes to balance. you can't continue to spend money as far as the eye can see that you don't have. and that's what they're continuing to propose, along with higher taxes on the american people. >> but the political reality is, no budget deal can probably happen, not one that will seriously address the deficit without democrats onboard and without president obama onboard and they want to raise taxes. >> they already got their tax increase in january.
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how much more do they want to take from the american people? >> yesterday, on his way to israel, president obama was in the air. vice president joe biden was in the air on his way back from rome. you were the highest ranking american official on american soil for i think roughly 20 minutes, half an hour. you were essentially the president. >> no, i wasn't. i was the speaker of the house and that's why i say prayers for president obama and vice president biden every day. >> you don't want to be president. >> i don't want to be president. it's not anything i've ever thought about. >> is there anything you did during those 20 minutes? did you, you know, make it mandatory that everybody listen to polka or, i mean -- >> no, no, nothing. >> nothing? >> just kept my eyes focused on my job. >> free cigarettes? nothing at all? nothing. >> for happy hour? nothing going on? >> no. >> okay. thank you so much, mr. speaker. >> nice to see you. >> i appreciate you taking the time. we also asked speaker boehner about how he as a father felt about what happened at sandy
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hook. we'll have more from our interview with speaker boehner later in the show. the last time the miami heat lost, hillary clinton was still secretary of state. putting the 23-game winning streak into perspective. that's our sports lead and that's next. uhh, it's my geico insurance id card, sir. it's digital, uh, pretty cool right? maybe. you know why i pulled you over today? because i'm a pig driving a convertible? tail light's out.. fix it. digital insurance id cards. just a click away with the geico mobile app. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that you could smoke on the first week. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation,
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in the sports lead, let's face it. the cleveland cavaliers have about as much of a shot at winning an nba title this year as i do. but for the cavs, the team lebron james abandoned in 2010, stopping him and the rest of his fancy pants miami teammates from extending their 23-game winning streak, well, that might qualify as the next best thing.
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james takes on his scorned ex-team tonight in cleveland. it is a david and goliath matchup in which goliath will almost certainly win again. the heat haven't added to their loss column since february 1st. if that does not seem that long ago, it might once you realize just how much has happened since then. it has been a full 47 days since we last saw the miami heat walk off the court with these sad puppy dog faces after getting spanked by the indiana pacers. that's a long time ago. it was only one day later when the internet phenomenon that launched a thousand copycats was born. that's right. it may seem like the harlem shake has been haunting our lives for years, but the first video appeared online just 46 days ago. few of us could have guessed it would be spoofd by everyone from tv hosts to divers, even the miami heat.
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the team's streak officially started on february 3rd. of course we were all too busy paying attention to that other big sports story. and since that win we've lost a pope and gained one, saw the epic fall of an olympic hero, and the meteoric rise of a hollywood underdog. >> i was confident we would win. >> speaking of meteors, this happened, in russia. but, of course, there was no need to panic. after all, president obama had just provided these reassuring words. >> the state of our union is stronger. >> by the time the heat made it to sweet 16 in their streak we'd witnessed the death of a world leader. and the birth of a bizarre romance. >> i don't condone what he does but he's my friend. >> reporter: more recently we were reminded that even the best streaks eventually come to an end. just don't tell that to these guys. they built a brand new stadium with taxpayer money. then they tanked and traded away
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their stars. now the miami marlins are flipping off even their most loyal fans. the fish have threatened to sue a couple who's had season tickets since 1998 after they demanded new seats. bill and jan leon paid $25,000 for these seats down the third baseline and claim they cannot see the game or dangerous foul balls now because the team added a billboard. this is the before. this is the after. the marlins told the miami new times that it did offer new seats but cannot move the sign. even the most rabid football fans among my number skull college friends don't care about the pro ball but the nfl for some inexplicable reason is trying to keep the game alive. the nfl network says officials are thinking of having a pro bowl draft where captains choose their teams instead of having conferences go head to head and pick new uniforms and team names. that brings us to hash tag you're it. we want to hear from you on
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twitter. help the nfl out with their pro bowl. come up with your own name for the pro bowl team, the nfc gripers say. tweet your best to at the lead cnn. use the hash tag name that team. let's check in on our power political panel waiting in the green room. enjoy the indoor plumbing while you can get it, guys. we're just a week away from a government shutdown that could mean lights out for a big chunk of this town. we'll hear what van jones, susan paige, and grover norquist think about that in our politics lead, next. hinker. (laughs) i'm telling you right now, the girl back at home would absolutely not have taken a zip line in the jungle. (screams) i'm really glad that girl stayed at home. vo: expedia helps 30 million travelers a month find what they're looking for. one traveler at a time. expedia. find yours.
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welcome back to the lead. i'm jake tapper. the money lead. don draper would be so disappointed despite all the personal information websites are stealing from you, online advertisers really don't have the first clue what you want to buy. the buried lead. they're returning with injuries from the war zone only to battle the bureaucracy at home.
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can't we do better for our wounded veterans? and the pop culture lead. what links did the grateful dead, janice joplin, and jim morrison possibly have to do with the super serious world of middle eastern politics? if you guessed, the wife of one of our top diplomats, you might be right. time for the buried lead, what we call stories we think are not getting enough play and, boy, does this one ever qualify. the official in charge of benefits for veterans, allison hickey, visited capitol hill today trying to convince lawmakers she should keep her job. after a damning report by the center for investigative reporting showed that endless paperwork is wearing down our wounded vets in ways the enemy never thought of. it's a problem that's reaching epidemic levels under the obama administration. >> they are waiting and waiting and waiting. hundreds of thousands of veterans who still have not received the care they were promised when they came home.
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zack mcilwain is one of them. he fought in iraq not once but twice, coming back with a hand injury that caused an infection that almost killed him. almost three years later he is still waiting for some of his benefits from the department of veterans affairs. >> what does it mean that more than 970 days later the va still has not accepted your claim. >> i am just kind of sinking in quick sand just waiting for something to happen. >> the va disputes this arguing that zach's claim has not been ignored. it's been denied. but the larger travesty is this. the problem with processing benefits claims for veterans has gone from bad to worse under the obama administration. one va office in north carolina had claims stacked so high the building was at risk of collapsing. a new study from the center for investigative reporting found that since president obama took office the number of veterans waiting more than a year for their benefits jumped from 11,000 in 2009 to 245,000 this past december.
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that's a more than 2,000% increase. >> we've been ten years at war where our men and women are ten times more likely to survive than their previous cohorts. >> the va argues it is going as fast as it can. two long wars that injured but did not kill so many soldiers have flooded the system. >> what kind of an emotional toll does this take on your family? how much do you feel like your life is just on hold? >> there were moments where i questioned whether i really had a future that was worth living at a certain point. >> you would have taken your life? >> possibly. >> reporter: zach also gives voice to another serious problem faced by countless veterans -- his struggle with post traumatic stress disorder and questions about whether the va is equipped to deal with this epidemic. last year for the first time in this war more american soldiers died at their own hands than were killed by the enemy. >> it's coming home and feeling like we can't get the care and the help that we need.
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it just feels like you're just lost. and that's unfortunate. >> reporter: what do you want the va to be doing for your ptsd that they're not doing. >> i want access to care when i need it. i don't want to be thrown into a waiting list. >> reporter: veterans advocates say the va should have seen this crisis coming. >> failing to plan is planning to fail, and the idea that they didn't know this was coming or need more time t.'s been over ten years. and this is absurd. >> the iraq war ended for the u.s. but i guess didn't end for you. >> no, and a lot of my fellow veterans, not only the iraq war but the war in afghanistan and everything else. they fight these conflicts and battles honorably and come home only to fight again. >> the va says it has completed more than 4 million claims in the last four years but acknowledged more work remains and, quote, too many veterans are waiting too long for benefi benefits. they've announced a plan to improve the system by 2015. as for zach's claim the va says
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they have acted on it but it is stuck in the appeal process. they note he does receive compensation for other wounds including his ptsd. we couldn't help but notice the va granted one of his outstanding claims the day after they found out we were working on the story. maybe that is a coincidence. we asked. we did not hear back. now the politics lead. spineless or politically savvy? the democrats go soft on assault rifles. grover norquist is here, the "usa today" washington bureau chief susan paige and van jones. van, it appears that the democrats blinked on the assault weapons ban, this ban on certain kinds of semiautomatic rifles. >> well, it does. and i think it's disspirit forgue people. i mean, i've never been a big fan of the assault weapons ban personally but it's symbolic, important, and there are other things it looks like they may be blinking on for now as well. three months after those children got killed, it looks like democrats are going to play this kind of game where they put a very bare bones bill through
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and have all the meaningful stuff as amendments on the side that people can vote on. all that stuff is cute in washington, d.c. i think it's shocking to people in america. i'm disappointed grover, you are a member of the national rifle association i believe. >> yes. i'm on the board of directors. >> what is your take on what the senate is coming up with? is there anything in there the nra can get onboard with? >> well, what you have is a bunch of guys that do something. what they ought to do is something useful. there are a lot of states that don't put their list of people who have been judged insane by the courts on the list of people not to be able to buy guns. i think we ought to get those states that are not cooperating to put the lists of people who have been -- not somebody who went to a therapist 20 years ago but somebody who's been judged by a judge to not be competent, they should be on those lists. that information should be there. the nra agreed to that in
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'93-'94 and ted kennedy put the kibosh on it because of certain mental health lobbies that didn't want people embarrassed. we ought to not embarrass anybody but those lists ought to be made available to the nic list. >> i did ask house speaker boehner about guns and i want to play that and get your response, susan. just tell me, as a speaker of the house, i just know as a dad, myself, when sandy hook happened, i just wanted to do something. >> yes. >> whether it was changing the laws to make it easier to commit people or making sure that background checks were better. what did you feel as a dad? >> oh, i mean, it was awful. and our hearts go out to those who are the victims of sandy hook and these other mass shootings. i would have hoped that the president would have focused on the bigger problem, you know, violence in our society. >> do you think background checks, improving background checks might be part of that? >> they should actually do a
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real background check on everyone. and maybe the department of justice ought to enforce the law. >> what the speaker meant by that i should say because i wanted to, i had to go back to his office and say is he coming out in favor of improved background checks? no. he supports the background check system that exists to be implemented better. what do you see happening realistically with guns? can anything get through the house? >> well, we know something could get through the senate. i think a ban on straw purchases might in fact be a meaningful thing that has some -- you can see from speaker boehner's comments how hard it is going to be to get anything through the republican controlled house even the most modest measure. the idea of an assault weapons ban we knew from the start was not something that was going to be enacted into law. you hear from speaker boehner how uphill the fight is going to be for any measure at all, including expanding background checks, which the nra is opposing. maybe the straw purchase. it's only one step. >> i just think it's heart breaking, just terrible.
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because, i mean, the american people, even gun owners, are saying, you know, super majorities. they're for a lot of these measures. the background checks. these are not controversial measures. and yet somehow d.c. can't get it done. i think the democrats are making a big mistake. i think the democrats should go ahead and have this face off with the nra. everybody is so afraid of 2014 and what might happen to their seat in 2014. what might happen to some children tomorrow morning. that should be -- and i think it's actually an opportunity for democrats, including red state democrats, to say i'm going to stand with a super majority of gun owners on some of these basic issues. >> you clearly want to weigh in. please. >> look, you want something that's useful. and the assault weapons ban is not a machine gun. one of the things that irritates gun owners is you hear press guys talk about semiautomatic as if it meant sort of automatic and said what it means is not automatic. >> right. >> but people say semiautomatic as if it was a machine gun. it's not. these are not assault weapons meaning that's why they call it assault style.
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you put little things on them to make them look interesting, that makes them banned? that has nothing to do with making anybody safer. what you do want to do is what the democrats have refused to do which is to get those states that have lists of people that have been judged not certifiable, those people need to be on the list not allowing them to buy. that is the democrats' fault. there are liberal states doing this. it's been going on for more than ten years. the nra was for it from the start. ted kennedy was the guy who killed it. there are some things you can do. >> the republicans use the issue of mental health which is a real issue to avoid talking about the other gun control measures. i mean, it's really diversionary i think. >> you can oppose the other -- i mean, gun control -- look, what you want to do is protect people from bad people and you focus on bad people. you don't make lists of honest people with guns because that can lead to confiscation as it has in australia, new york
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city -- >> we went deep on this topic and we'll have to have you back for the others i wanted to talk about. thank you so much. for a show that is supposed to be funny it sure had its share of drama. sorry, jay. there is a new host for "the tonight show." we'll tell you who is moving into the house that johnny carson built, next. eline express to book this fabulous hotel? well you can see if the hotel is pet friendly before you book it, and i got a great deal without bidding. and where's your furry friend? oh, i don't have a cat. now you can save up to 50% during priceline's spring hotel sale use promo code spring for additional savings on all express deals, including pet friendly hotels. express deals. priceline savings without the bidding.
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our pop culture lead and it is breaking right now. nathaniel brazill is about to change the person you go to bed with at night. the "new york times" bill carter is reporting jay leno is out at "the tonight show" and jimmy fallon is in. not only that the show is reportedly coming back to new york city after coming to you from sunny burbank, california for the past 40 years. there are african nations that
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have had smoother leadership transitions than "the tonight show" with its hosts. nbc had to shell out $45 million to get rid of conan o'brian and reinstall jay leno. then there was a battle between leno and david letterman. chronicled so memberorably in the late shift by bill carter who broke this latest scoop for the "new york times" and joins us now on the phone. bill, thanks so much for joining us. you know the story inside and out. why not make fallon go to los angele why move the show to new york? >> well, that really, jake, is the big news here. the idea that jimmy was getting the show was kind of out there because jay has got one contract that he's working on. he's 62 so there was, you know, an expectation he would be leaving soon if not this contract then maybe another year. so jimmy getting the show was kind of expected. what is really surprising is the move back to new york. though there are a lot of reasons for it i think they all feel the energy of new york helps fallon.
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he is on "saturday night live" is from new york, albany, but you have lauren michaels the producer of the show who has always been close to jimmy and is new york based. then you have the band the roots. and the roots are a philadelphia based band. some of the guys still commute i think to new york and they're very important to that show. i don't think they wanted to lose them. so there's a lot of reasons for that. and also you might think it's bad to leave l.a. for the bookings but if you have jimmy kimmel out there, two shows going head to head for bookings. i think they feel like in new york dave letterman is still here but they don't know how long that'll be so they may have an advantage there instead of going head to head in l.a. >> bill, do people think fallon is ready to take over and perhaps the question really on everybody's mind, will jay leno leave this time? >> well, look. it's not -- there is no deal yet for the timetable of this. they have an understanding. i'm sure jay knows about the understanding. but jay has a contract that goes
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until the fall of next year, 2014. so, you know, i think from jay's point of view he will work until they tell him to stop. that is the way he is and the kind of guy he is. he is going to work as hard as he can as long as he can. the last time this happened, something changed. so maybe he thinks something will change again. and you can't blame him. that's what he likes. he likes to do this show and he'll hang on as long as he can. >> is fallon ready? >> is fallon ready is the question they undoubtedly have decided yes or near yes. interestingly, he's only done the show four years. the late night show. and conan did it 13 and david letterman did it 11. this is a much faster path to the 11:30 slot than anybody has had before. but it's a different time in television. things are changing. i think they want to have a new kind of a show. they want to have young blood. they don't want jimmy kimmel to get established for a long time and try to take all the younger viewers away. he hasn't really done that from leno by the way.
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leno continues to win a lot of nights from the younger viewers which is important to "late night" because that is what the advertisers want to reach. there is a strategy at nbc i think that it is time to get this lined up at least and it'll be, you know, in the next 18 months or so. it's not like jay leno is leaving tomorrow. >> all right. the "new york times" bill carter, congratulations on the scoop. >> thanks, jake. in other pop culture news the music fans chased the beatles down the street. the fans who are painting over justin bieber's attempt to grow a mustache as we speak and the fans who mixed with the greatest acts of the flower power era and grew up to play a role in middle eastern diplomacy. actually there's only one of that last group. sally orrin. her story is incredible. rock and row posters covering the wall. sandals off. bedroom floor hot pink. this is teenage sally oren the future wife of the israeli ambassador to the u.s. back in her native san francisco. where due to family connections and the love of music she saw
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perform and became friends with a lineup of musicians who are now legends. >> quick silver, the dead, the airplane. i had a mad, you know school girl crush on marty ballon. >> decades before official events with president and first lady obama oren hung with a very different kind of crowd. in the heart of san francisco's counterculture haven, haight-ashbury. >> you would play frisbee with jerry garcia and the grateful dead? >> yeah. >> what is your favorite dead song? >> i can't give you a favorite dead song. the truth is i don't know if i should say this on camera. i was not a dead head. i don't know -- that's okay. >> it's okay. >> i sort of felt like i was a band mascot. >> but do not call her a groupie. >> we are not groupies. >> this is penny lane, man. show some respect. >> we inspire the music. we're here because of the music. >> in the late '60s sally oren and her older sister were almost famous but they were pg versions
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of kate hudson's penny lane. ♪ you want somebody to love". >> jefferson airplane had written a song about you. >> they actually wrote two songs about me but one was never recorded and/or played live. i think i was the only audience when i stood in the hallway at the fillmore auditorium and marty ballon sang the song to me but i was so embarrassed. >> do you have a recording of it? >> they never played it live. so the other one, "young girl sunday blues" was played and recorded on their third album. ♪ young girl sunday blues >> do you realize how cool this is? >> yeah, i think it -- yes, yeah. it was pretty cool. >> what does the ambassador think about this chapter in your life? >> he gets a kick out of it. he tells me i talk about it endlessly but the truth is don't. >> oren's husband is today in
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israel for president obama's first visit there as president. is there anything that you learned in the haight as a teenager, any spirit that if it could be brought to israel and the region this week, during this presidential visit you would like to infuse the local leaders with? >> you mean, peace and love? >> yeah. a lot of bragging rights there in case bravo ever does a real housewives of jerusalem. so right now we'll say your smart phone can do a lot of things -- text, tweet, turn into a virtual bubble wrap. but can you place it next to a body and get a complete noninvasive medical diagnosis? now "star trek" fans may know where i'm going. bloomberg says the guy who invented the blackberry, mike lazaritus is putting up $100 million in an effort to turn "star trek's" hand held medical
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tri co tricorder into reality. some say the devices could become as common as a household thermometer and help us all live long and prosper. want to know if your favorite show is about to get the ax? your twitter feed might hold a few clues. a study out today shows an undeniable link between twitter and tv ratings. as you might predict the more tweets about a show the more likely the show is catching on with viewers. the study was released by social guide which is a company that looks for ties between tv and social media. and now of course we turn to our friend wolf blitzer who will give us a prediction is not the right word. a preview. a survey of what we can expect. >> sally oren's husband the israeli ambassador to the united states is a musician as well. >> like a good musician? >> percussianist. i've seen him play the drums with governor o'malley of maryland who is into that kind of stuff as well. >> is this like a real thing? >> this is real.
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>> or a bunch of baby boomers -- >> he is a real percussianist. he's a good diplomat as well but he is an excellent percussianist. >> he's also actually a former u.s. citizen. he gave up his zul citizenship. >> we're going to follow up on this amazing news conference that the president of the united states and prime minister of israel had. the chief spokesman for the israeli prime minister will join us live in our 6:00 p.m. eastern hour. we'll follow up on your interview with the speaker paul ryan, the former republican vice presidential nominee. he'll be joining us live in our next hour. we'll go through a lot of significant stuff. >> an action packed show. >> of course. it's "the situation room." >> coming after the show and right next door. >> we're neighbors. >> we are. good to see you, wolf. >> better be a good neighbor. >> i'm trying. >> please. >> so much for the rise of the complex programs that collect your info to sell you junk online aren't as smart as you might fear. that's up next in our money lead. tonight's dare? give your hair some beauty sleep.
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